04 Monday February, 2013
Ampersand has launched a brand new destination… and guess what? This time it is on our very own doorstep!
Ampersand's ethos is we only sell places that we love, know well and have a strong network of connections in. After months of secret research trips – up to Scotland, down to the New Forest, across to the Cotswolds, over to Ireland and delving deep into our home town of London – we are finally ready to unveil Ampersand UK! As well as taking you to far-flung Asia, we are embracing the trend of ‘keeping it local’ by providing luxury tailor-made UK tours focusing on British culture, art, architecture, history and the outstanding natural beauty of our isles. In London, our trend safaris provide a contemporary view of the capital with exclusive access to galleries and events. We can also offer a wide variety of rural experiences and country pursuits – even a crash course in becoming an English gent!
UK & IRELAND HOTELS: We have a portfolio of just 17 hand-picked hotels in London and 31 others across the UK. We only work with the smartest hotels, from deeply traditional and historic, to ultra modern and chic…
UK & IRELAND ITINERARIES: We have designed 16 suggested itineraries ranging from an arty look at London to an idyllic wilderness escape amongst Scotland's most scenic lochs…
UK & IRELAND LOCATIONS: The locations we currently cover stretch from The New Forest, Hampshire & Berkshire in south England, to London, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Oxford & The Cotswolds, The Lake District, Edinburgh, The Scottish Highlands and Ireland…
To celebrate the launch of Ampersand UK, we would like to treat our clients to two FREE morning walking tours of London (* spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis). See our cosmopolitan capital in a whole new light with the help of expert Blue Badge guide, Gavin Webb, who tutors other Blue Badge guides in training and has been voted best over-all site guide.
1. Multicultural London – Saturday 2nd March 2013 at 10:00 am
This half day tour combines London's fascinating multi-cultural history with some of its finest 18th century buildings. See how these houses tell the story of the Huguenot silk weavers who once worked here, stop at a stunning church and peruse the edgy fashion stores at the popular market of Spitalfields. Today the delicious smells of curry, expertly cooked by the Bangladeshi community, waft along Brick Lane, but around the corner are remnants of old Jewish London and the alleys once frequented by the notorious Jack the Ripper.
2. Literary London – Saturday 16th March 2013 at 10:00 am
Let London enthral you as it has generations of writers. Follow in their footsteps as you explore Literary London... see where famous authors lived and worked and discover the neighbourhoods that inspired them. We start in Southwark, where in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's characters set out on their pilgrimage. We visit Borough Market and make our way to the Globe Theatre and the world of Shakespeare. Crossing the river, discover the quiet city alleys and the house of Dr Johnson where the great man compiled the first dictionary. Visit a historic pub once frequented by Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and many other famous writers. Then on to one of Dickens' homes, now a museum where the creaking floorboards once echoed to his footsteps. In Bloomsbury we see the building which inspired the Ministry of Truth in Orwell's 1984 and hear of Virginia Woolf's literary circle "who lived in squares and loved in triangles."
- Both tours will take 3 hours
- All guests must bring a valid Zone 1 – 2 travel card
- Max 15 people per tour
- Tours are accompanied by Ampersand’s MD, James Jayasundera and/or Head of Ampersand UK sales, Ellie Boulstridge
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP to either of these walking tours. Do be quick as spaces are limited. We look forward to experiencing these days out with you – they should be enormously fun! Tel: +44 (0)20 7289 6100